Sauber Junior Team F2 drivers advance to Silverstone


09 July 2019
It’s always good to be able to race in front of your home crowd, especially when friends and family can come

“It’s always good to be able to race in front of your home crowd, especially when friends and family can come”


Callum Ilott  

The second half of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season will get underway this weekend, with the Sauber Junior Team represented by rising stars Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa at Silverstone in the UK.

The British circuit, which hosts round seven of 12, is one of the most iconic venues on the F2 calendar. It has been hosting motorsport events since 1947 and was the venue for the first Formula 1 World Championship event three years later.

The 5.89km venue is renowned for its high-speed configuration, unpredictable weather, and exciting on-track action.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum and Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel both raced on the circuit in the GP3 Series last year.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz currently holds P8 in the Teams’ Championship at the mid-point of the campaign, thanks to its rookie development drivers earning three podiums to date.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Silverstone was good to us last year when we entered the team in our own right. We finished on the podium and also scored two more sets of points. That gives the whole team confidence and I know that both of our rookie drivers like the track. I’m hoping that will be a good combination.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “The first half of the season has been mixed for us, with some strong results and also some difficult moments. We can be pleased with the podiums and points but we want more. Callum and JM are gaining more experience and becoming more comfortable with every event. Hopefully we can show our strengths at Silverstone, which is of course a home round for Callum.”

Callum Ilott said: “It’s always good to be able to race in front of your home crowd, especially when friends and family can come, so I’m going to enjoy it. Aside from it being my home race, Silverstone is a very challenging circuit with some high-speed corners than can expose any minor error, while you also have some slower sections that you need to get right. It’s definitely a track that can provide some good racing.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “Silverstone is an iconic circuit. Last year was my first time at the venue, and I found it quite physical and very fast. I’m excited to see what it feels like in an F2 car because it was quick in a GP3 car! We’re feeling positive and we’re all looking forward to Silverstone. We had some setbacks in Austria but we have to keep focused, determined, and give it 100 per cent as always.”

It’s always good to be able to race in front of your home crowd, especially when friends and family can come

“It’s always good to be able to race in front of your home crowd, especially when friends and family can come”


Callum Ilott  
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